Government Canyon Loop is a 12.3 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near San Antonio, Texas that features a great forest setting and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, running, and mountain biking and is accessible year-round.

Length12.3 miElevation gain767 ftRoute typeLoop
HikingMountain bikingWalkingRunningForestFeeNo dogs
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Government Canyon State Natural Area charges an entrance fee of $6 per adult, children 12 and under are free. Reservations can be made here - https://tpwd.texas.gov/state-parks/government-canyon

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Adam Powers
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Hiking

Great trail, not too hard and a lot of loose rocks. There are some beautiful spots where you can overlook the canyon and also see San Antonio on a clear day. Recommend hiking counterclockwise. Dinosaur tracks at the end is a nice way to end the hike but the trail gets crowded on the weekends in that area. Only saw 2-3 groups on the trail up to that point.

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Monse Diaz
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Daymon Wooten
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HikingGreat!

Fun and easy 12 miles. Lots of loose stone so I’d bring a stick or some poles for support. Some beautiful spots along the way.

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Mike Buffin
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Hiking

Fun trail, not to difficult, some loose stone here and there. But overall was easy. A cool overlook above the dinasour footprints.

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Chris seiko
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Great cruisy trail! got there at 7am and had the dino tracks and the trail to myself. I didn't see anyone till mile ten.

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David Ferrier
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Backpacking

Beautiful day! Trail is well marked and maintained. The trail is dry. The southern half is fairly smooth and the northern half is very rocky.

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Jason Gov
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Scott Kesselring
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Arnoldo Gomez
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HikingRocky

Joe Johnson trail is wide and clean. A lot of traffic including bikes. Sendero balcones trail is rocky but nice and wide to hike through. Watch for bikes they come up pretty fast and are causing ruts in some places. Recharge trail is pretty flat and sunny.

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mary schultz
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Hiking

it was an awesome and challenging hike. I deviated from the planned hike to see more of the back country. gorgeous!

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mary schultz
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Ashley Short
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Very rocky, wear sturdy shoes but it was a wonderful hike! Had to cut it a bit short due to the sun setting.

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Ken Franks
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Very nice loop trail. Moderate to easy inclines. Quite rocky but most sections are doable for some trail running. Took a spur off the loop into the protected habitat area (black hills loop) and glad I did. Hiking only area with great trails and views. Totaled 16.5 miles and 1175’ elevation gain.

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Charlie Smith
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Kevin Schroder
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Nice trail through the cedar trees. This is a typical Texas Hill Country hike.

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Phil Anders
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Hiking

Such a great hike. Please bring plenty of water. I had a little over a gallon and that was pushing it towards the end.

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Christal Estrada
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Hiking

GREAT view “overview canyon trail” Rocky, hardest part of the trail

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Adam Zomchek
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Arthur Craig
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loved it.i unknowingly took a trail the was moderate to rough on bike. very challenging. Beautiful scenery.

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dave m
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nice and easy

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Paige Gernander-Russell
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Beautiful but pretty rocky after the tracks and meadow, I couldnt imagine the quads of the bicyclists that were going uphill when we were coming down lol. Neat trail, my kid was under 10 at the time and had no problem keeping up. *Pack plenty of water though, can get pretty hot! The overlook is nice pit stop for lunch! Would recommend this to someone new to hiking!!

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Nick Cook
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It was a fun time. Will be back to walk them all

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Art Maldonado
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This is a nice stroll but they might want to mention it's open only on FRIDAY, SATURDAY SUNDAY MONDAY 7am- 10pm

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Amy Harper Fair
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Love this place! We will return and take more trails!

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O Matias
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good great place to hike. many years visiting SNA, no idea here. overcast day was perfect with 70 F.

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Miguel Hernandez
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Hiking

Awesome place to just get a quick hike and escape!

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Eduardo Garza
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Running

Awesome place to run n hike just make sure to take plenty of water. worth every penny

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El Gibbens
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Hiking

It was a great hike for novice hikers. Had a variety of trails from easy to moderate. Various terrain; meadows, small rocks, dirt, big rocks. It was a perfect day weather wise 60-80 degrees. We hiked 10 miles through a combination of trails that took us to the protected habitat area. About 600 ft of elevation variance I think.

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